Parental involvement in the process
When a request for a Statutory Assessment is received, the Local Authority will notify the parents (and the young person if aged 16 and over), that it is considering whether an EHC assessment is necessary and will consult them as soon as practicable. The Local Authority will pay particular attention to parents’ views and wishes for their child’s future, and the views of the child. If the Local Authority decides to issue an EHC Plan, it will incorporate those views of the child’s needs and the parent’s aspirations for their future at the start of the Plan. The Local Authority will provide a draft Plan and invite parents to a meeting to discuss the content of the draft Plan and how the recommended support will be delivered. The views of the child come to the fore once they reach the age of 16 and they will also be invited to attend the meeting.